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Old 06-26-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
 
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Default Anyone ever sprain your back?

I'm not looking for medical advice, just your experiences with back sprains which were actually diagnosed as such.

My horse dumped me last week, and so I ended up landing on my lower back/sacrum area from 6-7' in the air. Needless to say, it hurt! I was diagnosed with a fairly severe back sprain but nothing broken, and have read the "typical" time to recover... I'm just curious about personal experiences anyone has had with recovery time/conditions.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:13 AM   #2
 
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Well, well, well

I was 16, doing cross country, horse stumbled in a ground hog hole and we both went down. Spent a year on and off in an adjustable brace. Pretty sore, would start to feel better then something silly would send me over the edge again.

I'm pretty good now about taking it easy when I can feel it getting bad, but when it goes, it goes. Last time I messed it up I was grabbing a coffee cup out of the cupboard and twisted/pulled something and wound up on the couch for 2 days.

No real advice as I'm sure things have come a long way since then, but I do feel your pain...literally!
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Yes, I was moving a couch and sprained the lowest part of my back near my coccyx Not much to do other than rest & pain reliever / muscle relaxers.

I've also gotten whiplash before- a more severe case where I couldn't turn my head to a milder one ( I think- going to dr this morning !)
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Yeah. I've done it and it sucks. You don't realize until you sprain your back that little things like sneezing or gesturing actually use back muscles.

It did take me a while to feel better, and I also noticed that for me bed rest (or couch rest) made my back a little worse. So while I didn't go out exercising I did try to continue with moderate activities.
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Yeah, supposedly you only want bed rest for the first 48 hours. Which was when it hurt so much the only thing I wanted to do was lie down with an ice pack.


I'm completely uncomfortable on my back because of the bruised areas, and can't align my spine properly in any other position, so sleeping isn't as restful as I'd like, and I'm spending as little time as possible there. I'm moving, fidgeting and switching positions as much as possible, because the muscles want to tighten up to protect, but each time they tighten things just get worse. And everyone at work is getting used to seeing me walk around with a bag of ice.

My doctor's response to asking if I had to work and if that meant I sit in a chair at a desk most of the day was "Good luck with that..." Yeah, an accurate assessment!

I've had whiplash and concussions from horses falling on me and I've broken feet - none hurt like this did afterward. So not fun! And the bruising is... interesting. It was deep enough that it isn't appearing right where I made contact, but around joints and muscle attachments, and just starting to really show now, a week later. My hip joints are starting to have purple circles floating over them. Yeah, pretty... my own little technicolor life!
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:20 AM   #6
 
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You might be too sore now, but I found a brace really helped. Professional choice makes one that is Velcro adjustable that was a god send. It used to be in tack shops, but have seen it in some drug stores. On my phone, but will post a link later.

Hope you feel better soon!
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Yes I have and I typically don't do "conventional medicine." I went to the Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and after a bit the Massage Therapist. The first few days the only things that helped were ice and my Wild Divine meditation program. I couldn't sleep either and then started sleeping in a large supportive recliner type chair. I was much better but still in pain. Then I found my miracle worker. She's a physical therapist that focuses on the vascular system because as she's explained to me whenever we experience trauma our body does what ever it can to protect that system first. After two appointments, no more pain. I still start to wince when doing things that would have caused great discomfort before and realize that there is no pain. Here's her website. I realize that you're in Arizona but maybe she knows someone in your area. South Hills Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #8
 
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This is the brace I used...

Professional's Choice Back Brace - Protective Vests - Apparel - For The Rider
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Looks similar to my back on track one I recently bought, which right now is serving to keep in the cold of ice packs.
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Yes I have and I typically don't do "conventional medicine." I went to the Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and after a bit the Massage Therapist. The first few days the only things that helped were ice and my Wild Divine meditation program. I couldn't sleep either and then started sleeping in a large supportive recliner type chair. I was much better but still in pain. Then I found my miracle worker. She's a physical therapist that focuses on the vascular system because as she's explained to me whenever we experience trauma our body does what ever it can to protect that system first. After two appointments, no more pain. I still start to wince when doing things that would have caused great discomfort before and realize that there is no pain. Here's her website. I realize that you're in Arizona but maybe she knows someone in your area. South Hills Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic

Good Luck!

Thanks! I believe in a combo as necessary, and basically medication as a last resort if there are other options which can work as well. Part of that's just because of my tendency toward side effects, but also I just think anything which fixes a problem is better than simply masking it as medicine often does. Anti-inflammatories for pain and to keep there from being more damage are great, for example, but I wouldn't want to take any stronger kind of pain medication when I can get by without it and can get the chiro, massage and do Feldenkrais to help get things healing and doing better (in addition to icing, etc.)
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